Symbiosis: Interspecific Associations in Collaborative Practice

Symbiosis is a pervasive occurrence in nature, describing the close and persistent interaction among organisms of different species aiming to extract benefit for at least one of the interacting organisms. While symbiosis has over the years been the subject of controversy in the fields of General Biology and General Ecology, nowadays there is evident consensus on the phenomenon’s ubiquity, and its importance in accelerating the rate of life’s evolutionary process. Through observing the manner in which diverse organisms interact with each other, I have interpreted the mechanisms of symbiotic interactions into a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration between practitioners of diverse disciplines. By interpreting the different types of symbiotic interactions, mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism, as well as their key observable traits, interspecificity, closeness, and persistence, the framework provides practitioners with a set of actions and precepts that can be employed during each stage of collaborative practice. The development of the framework draws insight from the findings emerging from my own practice, which focuses on the collaboration between disciplines utilising sound and physical movement through the use of gesture control technologies. Further case studies from other similar practices are also presented, in showcasing the activation of the symbiotic framework within interdisciplinary collaboration.


Carbon Meets Silicon Symposium, Internet Technologies and Applications Conference, 11 – 12 September 2017, Wrexham Glyndwr University

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